Name Translation: "Mist of Flowers"
Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Commander Tomura Kiyoshi  (prev. C.O. SHIRAYUKI). Assigned to Desdiv 18 (SHIRANUHI, KAGERO, KASUMI, ARARE), Desron 2, Second Fleet.
18-22 November 1941:
Desdiv 18 steamed with Desron 1 from Saeki to Etorofu (Kuriles).
Escorted Admiral Nagumo's carrier striking force for the attack on Pearl Harbor; detached to guard 1st Supply Force tankers prior to the attack, rejoined fleet after; arrived in Kure 24 December.
8-14 January 1942:
Desdiv 18 escorted carrier force from Japan to Truk.
Desdiv 18 escorted carrier force in air strikes on Rabaul.
Escorted SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU in air strikes on Lae/Salamua.
Escorted SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU covering Rabaul/Kavieng landings, then returned to Truk 29 January.
Escorted carrier force in pursuit of U.S. carriers, then to Palau.
Escorted carrier force in air strikes on Port Darwin, then to Staring Bay (Celebes) on 21 February.
Departed Staring Bay, escorting carrier force in operations south of Java.
Assisted SHIRANUHI in sinking unidentified merchant ship.
Air strikes on Tjilatjap; then returned to Staring Bay on 11 March.
Desdiv 18 departed Staring Bay, escorting carrier force in Indian Ocean raids.
Air strikes on Colombo.
Air strikes on Trincomalee.
Arrived in Kure from Southern operations, then docked for repairs.
Desdiv 18 steamed with Desron 2 from Kure to Saipan.
3-6 June: Battle of Midway
Desron 2 escorted Midway troop convoy.
Desdiv 18 escorted KUMANO, SUZUYA and NICHIEI MARU from Truk to Kure.
28 June-4 July:
With SHIRANUHI and ARARE, escorted CHIYODA on transport mission from Yokosuka to Kiska.
Heavily damaged: by USS GROWLER (SS-215); torpedoed outside Kiska Harbor; bow severed; 10 dead.
26 July-13 August:
After having bow cut off, was towed from Kiska (initially by IKAZUCHI) via Shimushu to Maizuru, then docked for repairs.
Commander Tomura (to C.O. MICHISHIO) relieved; command then rotated among various officers while under repair.
31 August 1942-30 June 1943:
Designated "Special Reserve" while under repair in Japan.
15 November 1942:
Lieutenant Commander Yamana Hiroo  (prev. C.O. HATSUHARU) appointed ship's captain, with added duties as C.O. of other destroyers under repair.
20 May 1943:
Lieutenant Commander Yamana relieved of added duties.
30 June 1943:
Repairs completed; assigned same date to Desron 11, First Fleet, for training.
Assigned to Desdiv 9 (ASAGUMO, SHIRAKUMO, USUGUMO), Desron 1, Fifth Fleet. Became flagship of Comdesdiv 9, Captain Inoue Yoshio .
Steamed from Kure to Paramushiro, then Northern Area patrol/escort duties.
Steamed from Shimushu via Tateyama to Yokosuka.
Aircrew transport run from Yokosuka via Saipan to Kwajalein and Wotje.
Escorted MOGAMI from Truk to Maizuru.
22 December 1943-18 January 1944:
Docked at Maizuru. (X turret probably removed/replaced by two triple 25mm mounts during this refit.)
Steamed from Kure to Ominato, then Northern Area patrol/escort duties.
Departed Kushiro, escorting troop convoy to Uruppu Island, aborted when SHIRAKUMO and NICHIREN MARU were torpedoed and sunk.
27 March-3 April:
Escorted troop convoy from Kushiro to Uruppu Island.
Desdiv 9 redesignated Desdiv 18.
31 July-2 August:
Escorted NACHI and ASHIGARA from Ominato to Kure.
Escorted KISO and TAMA on transport run between Yokosuka and Chichi-jima.
Escorted NACHI and ASHIGARA from Kure via Amami-O-Shima and Mako to Coron.
24-25 October: Battle of Leyte Gulf
Escorted Admiral Shima's 2nd Diversion Attack Force in Battle of Surigao Strait. On 25 October assisted damaged ABUKUMA, removing Rear Admiral Kimura Masatomi  to become flagship of Desron 1.
From Coron, escorted ASHIGARA to Pagdanan Bay, Palawan; then NACHI to Manila.
Led escort of troop convoy TA No. 2 from Manila to Ormoc.
Following U.S. air raid on Manila, rescued 224 NACHI survivors.
Led escort of troop convoy TA No. 4 from Manila to Ormoc.
During U.S. air raid on Manila, one killed by strafing; then steamed from Manila via the Spratly Islands to Lingga.
Assigned to Desdiv 7, Desron 2, Second Fleet; remained flagship of Admiral Kimura (reassigned same date as Comdesron 2).
29 November-10 December:
Escorted HARUNA from Singapore to Mako (4 December), then escorted convoy from Mako to Camranh Bay.
Out of Camranh to assist torpedoed MYOKO.
Led San Jose bombardment force.
3 January 1945:
Rear Admiral Kimura relieved as Comdesron 2 by Rear Admiral Komura Keizo .
Escorted ISE and HYUGA from Singapore to Kure.
Desron 2 flag transferred from KASUMI to YAHAGI.
Lieutenant Commander Yamana (to C.O. FUYUZUKI) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Matsumoto Shoohei  (prev. C.O. YUZUKI).
Assigned to Desdiv 21, Desron 2, Second Fleet.
Escorted YAMATO from Inland Sea on attack mission towards Okinawa. Sunk: on 7 April in attacks by aircraft of TF 58; lost steering control due to two bomb hits and a near-miss; 17 dead and 47 injured; FUYUZUKI removed survivors, including Lieutenant Commander Matsumoto, and scuttled with two torpedoes, 150 miles southwest of Nagasaki (31 N, 128 E).
10 May 1945:
Removed from Navy List.